Hebrews 11:17-18 

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

One day, the Lord told Abraham to take his son three days into the wilderness, and in a specially chosen place, sacrifice Isaac there on an altar as a burnt offering to the Lord. Bringing the humanity into the situation, we know that Abraham was no less a person than you or I. He loved Isaac, who was a miracle child, a promise from God. He might have wondered, “How could this be, Lord?” But Scripture says that Abraham doesn’t dismiss God’s call or try to negotiate his way out of the perfect will of God; he simply goes and does it.

He journeys into the wilderness, ascends the mountain, and prepares the altar with Isaac. Isaac, a young boy familiar with this process, begins to wonder, “Father, where is the sacrifice?”, and Abraham replies, “God will provide a sacrifice.” There was one thing present in Abraham throughout this entire story. Abraham totally and entirely trusted the Lord.

Abraham tied Isaac up, and the young boy at this point was probably terrified of what his father was going to do. As he raised the knife to slay his only son, just as the Lord had directed him, the Lord stayed his hand and cried out just at the last moment, “Now I know you trust me.”

The Lord will go to great lengths to show us our level of devotion and trust toward Him. The Lord knew Abraham, and knew how much he feared and trusted  Him. He was simply showing Abraham his level of faith.

If God were to try you in this capacity, would you stand the test? Examine yourself and make sure you trust the Lord. God will surely send you tests. Will your faith stand the test?

Draw close to the Lord and let Him build your faith a little more today.

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And Abraham laid him upon there. You can imagine, taking his little curly hair and rolling it back out of his face. And his little brown eyes looking up like that, and his little lips quivering. See that big-bladed knife come out of his father's… Think of a father. Laid his little head back, and pulled his throat back so he could stab him through the throat with this knife. Oh, in obedience to God! No matter what it looked like, he said, "I received him as one from the dead. God is able to raise him up." Raised back the knife and started. 199 And the Holy Spirit caught his hand, said, "Abraham, Abraham!" He said, "Here am I." 200  He said, "Stay your hand." Said, "I know that you love Me and trust Me now, seeing that you wouldn't even… You would give Me your only son."

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